The sun and your skin

The sun and your skin

It's time to hit the beach and, ever conscious of the dangers of ultraviolet radiation (UV)!! You should have a hat with 3-4" brim to protect your hair, sunscreen lotion to protect your skin, lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen to protect your lips and last but not the least tightly woven darker fabrics should be worn, that covers the body completely and acts as a total shield from UV rays.

90% of skin damage results from exposure to sun's UV rays. Damage due to sun's rays can lead to premature aging such as rough, saggy, wrinkled and discolored skin.

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with UV-A/UV-B coverage and an SPF (SUN Protection Factor) of 15 or higher. Activities that make you sweat, outdoor or water sports, and prolonged sunbathing can remove the sunscreen agent from the skin, so it is important to use a water- resistant or waterproof sunscreen agent. Sunscreen should be applied 30-60 minutes before going out in the sun.

Skin Care Tips for Minimizing the Sun's Harmful Effects.

Limit sun exposure to less than three hours a day.
  • Avoid the sun altogether when ultraviolet radiation is strongest between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
  • Make waterproof sunscreen (SPF-15 or greater) part of your everyday skin care routine.
  • When you plan to be outdoors for a while, use a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunscreen of SPF-30. Apply it at least 20 minutes before going into the sun and reapply it every two hours. Keep covered. Wear wide-brimmed hats (at least four inches) and sunglasses with UV lenses.
  • If your skin is dry, use a cream or lotion form of sunscreen agent. If your skin is oily, use an alcohol or gel-based sunscreen. Avoid using alcohol-based sunscreens on eczematous or inflamed skin.
Have a great summer!!!
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